Baptism at Grace City Church - why do we get baptised?
We are baptised for the following reasons:
1. Jesus Was Baptised
Matthew 3:16 tells us that Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan by John. ‘As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”’
Jesus was baptised and in doing so set us an example to follow. It is the call of the Disciples of Christ to follow him.
2. It is a Command
Baptism is not an optional extra only for the really keen Christians. It is an essential part of Salvation. It is identifying ourselves with Christ in his death and resurrection and obeying the command given in Matthew 28:19 to ‘go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’
3. It is the Practice of the Church
In Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit fell upon the early church, Peter stood up and preached a mighty sermon telling people to ‘repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’
As the hearers of Peter’s sermon responded in obedience to the message by repenting, they were baptised. Three thousand people were saved and added to the number of the disciples. Thus, the early church was born and baptism has been practised by the Church ever since.
Hence, all Christian disciples will want to follow Jesus, obey Jesus and be added to His church.
If you would like to be baptised at Grace City Church, Dee Why, please speak one of the Leadership Team, a connect group leader or contact our Northern Beaches office on firstname.lastname@example.org